Web-page of Miya Warrington, Behavioural Ecologist


I am currently in Canada.

I  live between two locations: Grenada, West Indies, where I work as an assistant professor, and my home country, Canada (where  I am an adjunct professor at the Natural Resource Institute at the University of Manitoba).

My current research projects focus on ecological and acoustic data collected in the field, although I am increasing the amount of data I collect via remote/ technological methods, especially where it applies to more cryptic/ shy species. I am currently building a database of acoustic recordings of birds living in Grenada, focusing primarily on terrestrial passerines.

In Spring 2016, I launched the first of my two projects in Grenada. The first project is examining behavioural and acoustical differences between the 'black' and the 'yellow' morphs of the bananaquit. The second, is examining the densities and distributions of Grenadian birds, focusing on endemic and restricted-range species.

Above image: Kim Wetten

A little bit about me:

My goal is to use and develop new technologies to gain knowledge and understanding in behavioural ecology- topics including evolution, animal behaviour and communication. I thoroughly believe that seeking new knowledge in these topics will aid conservation efforts throughout the global community, and that this knowledge should be shared with the general public in a way that demonstrated the value of our beautiful animals and ecosystems.

My  research interests encompass several areas of animal behaviour and in particular, I am interested in  animal communication and how this relates to an individuals survival and fitness. I am interested in how animals acquire information and to what level they use it to aid in their survival and reproduction. My current research projects focus on understanding the factors that contribute to individual differences in call structures and patterns in acoustic signals, behavioural plasticity and the role this plays in adaptation to rapid change, such as urbanisation and anthropogenic noise sources.

I received my B.Sc. in Biology specializing in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. I received my M.S. in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in May 2008, and my Ph.D.  (behavioral ecology) with the Avian Behavioural Ecology Group from Macquarie University in April 2014.

I am a proud academic mother. You will see me with my daughter in the field and at conferences. Please don't be shy! Come and ask my questions/ chat to me; I am quite accustomed to talking/ working and taking care of my daughter. She is an easy going, yet willful at times child, that fortunately like me, thrives on novelty and is easily adaptable to new locations/ travel. She loves being in the field/ outdoors!

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